Carlyle, Tomasulo Finalists for Byron Nelson Award
May 10, 2004
BERKELEY - California seniors Scott Carlyle and Peter Tomasulo have been named two of the five finalists for the 2004 Byron Nelson Award, presented by Cleveland Golf in cooperation with the Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Monday.
Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee will consider equally a nominee's entire collegiate academic career, entire collegiate golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee's good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.
In addition to the Golden Bear duo, the other finalists are Toledo's Brad Heaven, Billy Hurley of Navy and Florida's Camilo Villegas.
A senior from El Dorado Hills, Carlyle earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for Cal this season despite missing several tournaments late in the season with a sore back. He is averaging 72.3 strokes per round in 2003-04 and has tied for second twice. A Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar in 2002, the civil engineering major spent his first two seasons at Hawaii before transferring to Cal.
Tomasulo, a senior from Long Beach, became the first player in the history of the Cal golf program to earn first team All-Pac-10 honors three straight years. He made the list of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top player in collegiate golf. Tomasulo's current stroke average of 70.1 would break his on school single-season mark set in 2003. He also participated in the Palmer Cup presented by Monster last summer and has been selected to the 12-player U.S. team for this year's Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. As a junior, he was named a third-team PING All-America selection, Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and to the first team Pac-10 All-Academic squad.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Heaven was recently named MAC Golfer of the Year for the third time after winning conference medallist honors. He has claimed seven tournament titles in his Toledo career, including three in his senior campaign. He has earned first team All-MAC honors four times and is a three-time PING All-America selection.
A four-time All-Patriot League selection, Hurley closed out his Naval Academy career as perhaps the best golfer in the program's history. Of the 50 collegiate meets in which he participated in during his four-year career, he produced seven wins, finished in the top-five 25 times and the top-10 31 times. He was also on the watch list for the 2004 The Ben Hogan Award and was named the 2004 Patriot League Player of the Year after capturing the Patriot League Tournament title.
The 2004 SEC Player of the Year and SEC Men's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year, Villegas is Florida's leader in career victories with eight and is the only golfer in school history to be named SEC Player of the Year twice. The senior from Medillin, Columbia, was also named SEC Player of the Year in 2002, is a three-time PING All-America honoree - including first-team honors twice - is a four-time All-SEC selection and earned Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors in 2003.
The recipient of the 2004 Nelson Award will be named later this month. Jason Allred of Pepperdine was the inaugural Nelson recipient in 2002 while Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson earned the honor last year.